In the first book in a new cozy mystery series, Seas the Day, “Chili Bolz is missing.”
His mother, Estelle, tells Shell Island caterer, River, to look for Chili because the police aren’t making much of an effort to find her grown son. It’s bad enough that Estelle lost her other son, Kale, at sea just six months ago. She can’t lose her remaining child too. Since Chili supplies fish for her catering company and Estelle has been friends with River’s mother for years, River starts investigating.
Soon the Deputy in charge of the case, Lance, encourages her to continue interviewing the locals. River was born and bred on the small Georgia island, where as Deputy Lance is seen as an intrusive transplant. He doesn’t have a clue to what happened to Chili. River agrees though it is hard for her to concentrate with the handsome Deputy around. She just needs to focus on her long-distance beau, Pete. After all, he already asked her to marry him and she said she would consider it. And she loves him, even if he is working in faraway California.
I never expected to be surprised by a cozy mystery. However, Seas the Day had several plot twists that I did not see coming. Any more details would be a spoiler. Just be aware that there is a complex mystery to solve here. But it also has the friendly small town cozy vibe with genuine characters that act realistically. Overall, a fun and challenging mystery. Plus three simple home-style recipes for sea bass, crab cakes and lemon meringue pie. 4 stars!
Thanks to Henery Press, Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, and Edelweiss+ for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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Character Guest Post by the Author
by River Holloway, caterer, in the culinary cozy Seas the Day by Maggie Toussaint
Those who live on islands like I do appreciate the strength of storms. Winds blow, and tides rise. Most storms are minor inconveniences. We’ll pull out the umbrella or raincoat from the car and keep going.
But there are stronger storms, like hurricanes. Our hurricane season runs from June through November, which is a lot of time, but the thing is, you have time to prepare. Severe property damage and some loss of life occurs if hurricanes make landfall. The minor silver lining is that you know what’s coming, and it isn’t a surprise.
Surprises are bad on the sea. I’ve been out in boats where a pop-up squall nearly sank our vessel with torrential rain. That kind of rain rarely comes without wind, and we were bobbing in the surf, trying to keep our boat’s bow facing the wind direction.
All of my boating adventures were with childhood friend Chili Bolz. We went different directions after high school. I founded Holloway Catering and began cooking for others, while he operated a charter fishing business with his unsinkable “Reel Fine.” We’d reconnected as business associates when he had fish to sell, and I needed fish for my catering meals.
It was a shock to learn he’d been missing for days. His mom called me, hysterical with worry. She’d already lost one son to the sea a few months ago. She couldn’t lose her remaining son, and she made me promise to look for Chili.
I felt like I’d stepped into a pop-up squall. Simultaneously, I wanted to hunker down to wait for any news of Chili, while at the same time I needed to proactively search for him.
Did I know anything about investigation? Heck no, but I had a knack for finding lost dogs and missing keys. Luck wasn’t with me on my first night of visiting Shell Island’s hot spots to question his friends because a sheriff’s deputy discovered my meddling in his case. Much to my surprise, we joined forces to visit more of the island night clubs the next night.
I didn’t mind having a law enforcement backup for bar hopping, but the deputy brought flowers when he picked me up and he wouldn’t let me pay for my dinner or my drinks. Though I made it very clear this wasn’t a date, people saw us together and called my long distance boyfriend.
Talk about going from the frying pan into the fire! Not a trace of Chili and now my boyfriend thought I’d cheated on him. Overnight my life heated from a slow simmer to a full boil.
And, like ocean breakers rolling in off the sea, the surprises kept coming.
About Seas the Day
Seas the Day (A Seafood Capers Mystery)
1st in Series
Publisher: Henery Press (April 21, 2020)
Hardcover: 282 pages
Paperback: 282 pages
Caterer River Holloway cooks like a dream and is known on Shell Island as a “finder” of things. Which is why a desperate mother begs River to track down her grown son, Chili Bolz, who’s vanished.
Deputy Lance Hamlyn can’t find the missing man, so he teams up with River. The missing person case boils over into something frightening when Chili’s mother falls victim to a brutal assault. Worse, her dying words incriminate River’s friends in both kidnapping and, now, murder. River soon finds herself caught in an unsavory recipe for disaster.
Despite catering events and the return of her absentee boyfriend, River finds the number of suspects growing longer than her food shopping list. Along the way she befriends a black cat who becomes her crime-solving partner. River must locate Chili and discover who killed his mother before her own goose is quite literally cooked.
Maggie Toussaint serves up a fun and captivating read in Seas the Day, the first in her Seafood Capers series.
About the Author
Southern author Maggie Toussaint writes cozy and paranormal mysteries, romantic suspense, and dystopian fiction, with twenty fiction novels published. A three-time finalist for Georgia Author of the Year, she’s won three Silver Falchions, the Readers’ Choice, and the EPIC Awards. She’s past president of Mystery Writers of America-Southeast chapter and an officer of LowCountry Sisters In Crime. She lives in coastal Georgia, where secrets, heritage, and ancient oaks cast long shadows. Visit her at https://maggietoussaint.com/
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